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U.S. Residents Importing and Exporting Vehicles

Importing and exporting cars and other vehicles is actually not difficult when you have the proper guidance. Schumacher has been the premier vehicle shipper since 1977 to and from over 80 countries and the USA. With over 40 years of experience, we have mastered the import and export process to make sure our customers get the best value for their money. Once you are ready, our auto experts will guide you through the whole process so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Read some of our tips on regulations below and if you are ready to import or export your vehicle use our Quote Form at the top of the page to get started.

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Things to Know When Importing Cars and Other Vehicles

Importing Export Vehicles

A vehicle transported/driven from the United States for non-commercial or private use outside the country may return duty free. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is provided specific proof of U.S. origination. This proof is a State vehicle registration card or a CBP certificate of registration (CBP 4455). These must be completed and verified by a CBP officer before departure from the United States.

Know that you must declare any repairs or accessories added abroad for your vehicle on the return and may be subject to duty.

Catalytic Vehicles

Warning: Catalytic-equipped vehicles (1976 or later model years) driven outside the United States, Canada, or Mexico will not, in many cases, meet EPA standards when brought back to the United States. As unleaded fuel generally is not available in other countries, the catalytic converter will become inoperative and must be replaced. Contact the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. 20460, for details and exceptions.

When planning to purchase a vehicle outside the United States and then import the vehicle into the United States, it would be advisable to review our publication “Importing or Exporting a Car” on the related links section of this site for general guidance.

Things to Know When Exporting Cars and Other Vehicles

One of the main differences in the import export of cars, is exports do not have as many restrictions. The actually export process only needs a few documents which are the title and identification. Depending on certain situations you may also need bill of sale and power of attorney, though we will let you know. Each country will have their own set of import rules to look into so it is best to contact your local embassy for the most up to date info.

For any other information regarding vehicle export, read International Vehicle Shipping

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Fill out our Online Form at the top of the page and start with Schumacher. For any other questions, feel free to contact our representatives at:
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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.